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Support to research applications

CEC provides assistance to researchers associated to CEC/BECC/MERGE and CEC Fellows when writing research applications to external funders. This support ranges from help with practicalities connected to individual research applications, to financial support to arrange meetings and coordinating the application procedure for larger, strategically important projects.

What kind of support can be granted?

CEC supports applications for external grants that contribute to the development of integrated environmental and climate research in line with CEC areas of interest.

For all kinds of applications, CEC provides in-kind support such as advising on contacts with stakeholders/users, addressing call criteria relating to societal relevance and impact, the development of communication plans, questions relating to funders requesting open access publication and open data, and how to handle storage of personal data in line with the legislation around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR – Dataskyddsförordningen).

For larger individual research grants, e.g. ERC grants, it is possible to apply for funding to have the application reviewed by an external consultant (max SEK 10 000).

For larger research applications contributing to the strategic research goals of CEC, e.g. EU H2020 projects, Mistra programs, KAW Advanced Research Grants and so forth, it is possible to apply for resources for planning, meetings, writing etc. (max SEK 20 000 expenditures, SEK 10 000 consultant, 1 month of salary).

Who can get support?

In-kind support can be given to applications by any researcher/postdoc/PhD-student associated with CEC/BECC/MERGE and CEC Fellows, as well as for applications for postdocs and other positions connected to CEC/BECC/MERGE as long as a CEC employee or Fellow is involved, e.g. as host.
Financial support can be applied for by CEC employees and Fellows, as well as Guest researchers at CEC. For larger strategic research applications, more than one group from the CEC environment shall participate as applicants and/or the project should be coordinated from CEC.

Obligations for researchers who have received financial support from CEC

For both large and small projects:

  • CEC web shall be allowed to present project information
  • CEC shall be acknowledged where applicable

 Acknowledgements to CEC will typically appear in journal papers, oral and poster presentations and project information material. Large projects receiving support from CEC will also be asked to arrange seminars and/or workshops at CEC.

How to request support, evaluation and decisions

When you find an interesting call, please contact the CEC Research Coordinator to discuss what kind of support that could be available.
In order to request financial support, you need to submit information on the intended research, its scope, project partners and management to CEC, via the CEC Research Coordinator. Based on this information, the CEC Steering Group will decide whether to provide support to the applicant, and the extent of the support. The extent of support will depend on the strategic value of the research to CEC, the expectations of success and available resources. An early dialogue between the applicant(s), the CEC Research Coordinator and the CEC Steering Group is encouraged. The decision will typically be communicated within 2-4 weeks.


For any questions, feedback and suggestions, or to join the CEC Fellows, please contact:

Research Coordinator
Cerina Wittbom
cerina [dot] wittbom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 722 16 86 26

Manager of research development
Yann Clough
yann [dot] clough [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 68 31


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223 62 Lund, Sweden

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